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End juvenile cheer

Observer Viewpoint | Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I apologize for being a wet blanket, but Notre Dame students need to hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to cheering for the Irish. The “suck it” segment of the drum cadence is simply unbecoming of a Domer. It has destroyed both a great tradition and a great cheer. It is awful, crude and, frankly, just plain juvenile.

I suggest that the students take it upon themselves to find a substitute word or words to fill the gap left by this rude and disgusting element. The word “destroy” comes to mind, but I am sure we can do better than that. Heck, even “pray for” works better in my opinion.

I am sure the talented Notre Dame students and cheerleading squads could lead a simple and yet effective campaign to make this negative element a thing of the past. Let’s raise the bar back to where it belongs. Who’s with me?

Michael Lenahan

graduate student

off campus

Feb. 18